Finca Las Hormigas is a regenerative organic permaculture farm and private nature reserve located in the lush lowland tropical rainforest of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. We are dedicated to providing a space for those passionate about furthering their practice of regenerative agriculture and promoting a healthy, sustainable way of life for this and future generations. We believe in leadership by example.
Our primary objective is to facilitate a space for educators and students to collaborate, learn and experience first hand regenerative and off grid sustainable living practices. We collaborate with neighbors and locals by educating them how to improve their farming practices - which in many cases started using traditional kill and fertilizer practices of modern agriculture.
Our founders, Manuel and Xio, and all past, present and future hormigas, are responsible for creating this physical and social environment, day by day, one shovel and a time, one seed at a time. We did not know that we would arrive here or how, but where and how we will continue to grow - has been and will continue to be the product of those that join our family and this dream!
MISSION: Finca Las Hormigas evolves as a hub of innovation in soil microbiology, dedicated to mastering and sharing knowledge in organic soils, fertilizers, and pesticides. Our community is committed to leading the way in sustainable agricultural practices, offering in-depth education and hands-on experiences in the science and art of soil health.
VISION: Our vision is to be recognized as a pioneering educational and conservation center in the field of soil microbiology. We aspire to empower individuals and communities with cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills in organic farming, thereby playing a crucial role in promoting ecological balance and advancing the future of sustainable agriculture.
We are guided by the ethics of permaculture: to care for our earth, our peoples and sharing our abundances!
We do this by being leaders in soil creation and creating vibrant food systems - demonstrating how it can be done. By offering workshops, retreats and work exchange programs to share our knowledge. And by protecting an important path of rainforest with like-minded neighbors to create a large land mass of virgin rainforest for species to thrive in.
Whether you're interested in learning about soil microbiology, sustainable agriculture, immersing yourself in Costa Rican culture, or simply enjoying the beauty of our farm, we may have what you are looking for. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and start planning your stay at Finca Las Hormigas!
Farm Founder & Director
Manuel moved to Costa Rica and has lived in the area for over 20 years. He has run several successful businesses in tourism and real estate. Gardening and farming are two of his passions that have landed him to this chapter of his life. Manuel is a Theme Camp organizer at Burning Man, where creating new projects, organizing communities and practicing radical self-reliance have influenced his vision at Finca Las Hormigas. Finca Las Hormigas is in large part an expression of Manuel passions painted on a hyper tropical canvas.
For Xio the farm is where she co-creates a place that allows everyone who comes a chance to reconnect with themselves and the essential things of life. This is where she can share her passions and love through farm work, one of her yoga classes, the decoration of the bungalows or a kind conversation.
The farm challenges to find new ways of contributing to the community here at first, and the world at large.
It is a pleasure for her to share this dream come true with each one of you.
Chris arrived at Finca Las Hormigas as a guest and within weeks, became our passionate soil creator! He is from Gandoca and currently the Farm / Operations manager. His passion is organic farming and making amazing soils, fertilizers and pesticides. He is also an amazing chef in the kitchen.
William, better known as Hunter, has two great passions in life; plants and food. He thrives at growing food and using unique local ingredients to create new dishes. He focuses on processes that lead to high quality produce and food products from seed to table. His extensive experience in the kitchen will be revealed the
moment you try one of his meals, in that instant you will know that you are dealing with a professional cook, his work is artistically delicious.
Lee is a tropical permaculture designer and farmer from Beaufort, South Carolina in the USA. He has lived in the tropics for over a decade working on farms throughout the tropics. He found Las Hormigas several years ago, and it had been his home ever sense. He is motivated in saving species and creating new varieties from seeds. He focuses on the agroforestry aspect and overall integrated system planning and maintenance. He is also starting a commercial permaculture nursery on the farm and using the farm resources to encourage other farms all over the country. His passion for nature is just inspiring, you will often find him running around the jungle with a machete, and planting or pruning trees.
Jahel is a business manager by profession and a multi passionate entrepreneur by vocation. She's been a nomad for 3 years now. She strongly believes in the transformational power of traveling and experiences like the one you are about to live. Her passion for Permaculture started many years ago when she started reading about it, however, it wasn't until January 2020 when she did her PDC course at Ometepe, Nicaragua. She has been at our farm for 2.5 years now, starting as a volunteer and has played many roles
since then. Nowadays, she is our Program Coordinator and will be in close contact with you since the start of your application process to answer to all of your questions in a very caring way.